Currently, I am participating in an online forum discussing issues related to OER, hosted by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and there is lots of discussion about institutional sharing of OER. Stephen Downes recently raised the following point,
These forums have a habit of becoming discussions of how these resources can be produced by institutions and used by teachers in the classroom. Inevitably, the issues then become (a) the cost of institutions producing them, and (b) how to get teachers to actually use them. But it would be a more fruitful, and more accurate, discussion to consider OERs, first, in the much wider context of community production, and second, in the much wider context of use (and reuse) outside the institutional educational context.